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Deep Heat  

Encounters with the Famous, the Infamous and the Unknown

Deep Heat $21.77 ex GST
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Groundbreaking verbatim dramatist Robin Soans presents a new collection of monologues based on conversations he has had or overheard, or which are edited versions of interviews that he has conducted in the course of research for his plays. Faced with the frustration of having to leave out material from his plays, because it was too long or didn’t fit into the general scheme of things, Deep Heat now allows those voices to speak in full.

Subjects range from people who have held high office to others who have tried to blow those people up; from those who live in large country houses to others whose home is two blankets and a pile of leaves in the corner of a disused garage. Includes extracts from interviews with Jonathan Aitken, Edwina Currie, Hala Jaber – the only western journalist at the fall of Fallujah, and Sharon Wilkinson, the leader of the BNP in Burnley at the time that the BNP won its first county council seat in England.

Threaded throughout with comedy these monologues expose the complexity and fragility of life: they show just how ‘un-ordinary’ we all are, and how the best way to further our self-knowledge is by sympathetically examining the lives of others.

These plays will appeal to the historian and sociologist in all of us, and to those who know that there is more to a situation than the version handed down by duplicitous governments. Attention to detail - the detail in which we recognise ourselves and are therefore willing to go on the journey – is what makes these monologues relevant to us all.

'A splendid source of new solo pieces that work brilliantly in those drama school showcases... an enlightening read.'  Susan Elkin, The Stage

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-090-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


Robin Soans is an actor and writer. As an actor he has worked with the National Theatre, The Royal Court, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Hampstead Theatre, The Tricycle, The Bush and The Young Vic and has made various television and film appearances. He began writing verbatim plays after appearing in Out of Joint’s production of Waiting-room Germany, a verbatim play about the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. His other plays are A State Affair, Talking to Terrorists and The Arab-Israeli Cookbook.

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